, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 409-413

Belowground carbon storage of Micronesian mangrove forests

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Belowground carbon storage was examined for mangrove forests on Pohnpei Island, Micronesia. Stored carbon in a coral reef-type mangrove habitat consisting of a 2 m thick mangrove peat layer, which is a type of mangrove habitat in tropical Pacific islands, was estimated at 1300 t C ha−1. The carbon burial rate during the phase of gradual sea-level rise, which was calculated at 93 g m−2 year−1 between 1800 and 1380 years bp using the medians of the radiocarbon ages, was significantly higher than that between 1380 years bp and present in a stable sea-level phase.